vs_baronin (vs_baronin) wrote,
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Серьезный вопрос к серьезной аудитории: трехтомник о Deep Purple

Мне поступило предложение от серьезного специалиста рассмотреть возможность издания в России переводного трехтомника, повествующего о всеми нами любимой группе Deep Purple.

Я очень попросил бы уважаемых читателей моего LiveJournal высказаться о нужности издания такового трехтомника. Также принимаются мысли и информация о том, в какое издательство следует соваться с подобным предложением.

Заранее большое спасибо всем высказавшимся!



Here is the proposed Deep Purple concept. As a bit of background, parts 1 and 2 of this already exist as self-published books, 6” x 9”, black and white. Part 3 is being worked on right now, with approx. 300 images gathered, text nearing completion.

The idea would be to have a publisher pick this up and publish as three uniformly designed books, in a slipcase, possibly 7” x 10” format, possibly color throughout.

I could provide many of the images, free and clear, including some photography. However, it would be incumbent for a publisher to perhaps come to an agreement with a handful of photographers and/or archivists to pump up the quality and quantity of images. A friend of mine, and basically, Deep Purple’s prime archivist and photographer, Simon Robinson, could be a one-stop shop for this.

As discussed, I believe there is solid sales potential for this project, in English and in foreign language issues. The band is one of the most globally positioned that there has ever been, relative to their medium US success. Their biggest markets are Japan, Russia and Germany. Other good territories for Purple include Australia, South America, Eastern Europe and the UK. They are no slouches in the US and Canada either. Additionally, Purple are one of the rare bands to have paid attention to Southeast Asia as well as India. One caveat: Books 1 and 2 are indeed being translated to be issued in Germany through a previous agreement.

Title ideas: Deep Purple In Three Volumes, The Deep Purple Compendium, Deep Purple In Three Books, The Deep Purple 3 Pak etc… or we could re-jig the whole thing, dispensing with the titles used for the original books.

Book 1
Gettin’ Tighter: Deep Purple ‘68 – ‘76

This 234 page book recounts Deep Purple’s history from inception through to the band’s break-up in 1976. Research includes a personal archive of 50 interviews, plus some outside, cited, sources. There are approximately 80 photos and shots of records, ads, etc.

Book 2
A Castle Full Of Rascals: Deep Purple ‘83 – ‘09

This 285 page book picks up the story with the band’s wildly successful reunion for 1984’s Perfect Strangers album and takes us past the band’s last and still current studio album, Rapture Of The Deep. I’ve listed approx. 70 personal interviews, most of which, granted, are the same listed for the first book. Combined, the two books comprise the most thorough and the most originally sourced book ever on Deep Purple. Additionally, there are approx. 136 images in the book.

Book 3
The Deep Purple Royal Family: A Timeline With Pictures

This book is in progress right now, 90% written, 60% complete with respect to image gathering, although, with probably 300 images amassed, it’s going to result in a cull. The idea was to top it off at 300 pages. The book is anchored by a detailed timeline of all things Purple, including the offshoot bands, essentially Rainbow, Whitesnake and Gillan, plus solo projects. Many quotes have been gathered from new interviews as well as a recently acquired archive of 758 Sounds, New Music Express, Melody Maker and Disc magazines, plus a complete run of Kerrang!s. Additionally, I’ve conducted about 20 new interviews since the last Purple book. The reason I mention this – very important – because I expected to self-publish this and sell it to the same email list/base that bought the first two books, I have decided that there would be no overlap of either artist quotes or images, with the first two books – all fresh. Although there is the timeline and all manner of image, I feel the strong point of the book – and my driving motivation to create it – is the reproduction of approximately 200 print ads for concerts and records, but mostly records. The core of this comes from the English newspaper collection, but I’ve also gone through every issue of Rolling Stone and a large chunk of Billboard to locate these gems, not to mention dozens of other rock magazines through the decades. We will also be conducting a thorough search of images on the internet, but fortunately, most of these ads aren’t there. The net will be mostly for LP and 45 sleeves, tour posters and backstage passes. I’m not fretting about rights on any of this stuff – nobody cares. I am of course citing sources of quotes, and photography of people, yes, we will be treading carefully with permissions, but ads and memorabilia, no.
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